LibriVox recording of The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne. Read by Mark F. Smith.
A story of castaways, similar to Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, this book details the escape from Civil War-era Richmond, Virginia, of five Northern men who dared to go aloft in a balloon in the midst of a hurricane. Deposited on a lonely island in the Pacific, they make do with Yankee ingenuity where Chance has left them nothing. Only later do they find they have a hidden benefactor: Captain Nemo, of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, who resides, alone, secretly on the island. In time, the tiny colony becomes so prosperous that it is able to rescue another castaway from an island a hundred miles away. But all their work will come to naught - their island's volcano is about to awake!(Summary by Mark)
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February 11, 2016 Subject:
Date of publication
As some Project Gutenberg texts do not specify the edition, we do not always know the publication date. However, it's always worth looking on the LibriVox catalogue page (linked in the description here) where you will find a link to the online text. In this case, the date of publication is known and is 1874.
February 11, 2016 Subject:
It would be helpful if all of book descriptions contained the date of original publication.
April 14, 2013 Subject:
Great reader, great story!
May 18, 2009 Subject:
What a book! What a reader!
Hats off to Mark.
July 1, 2008 Subject:
A Tour de Force!
Well, at least that what it was called on Kevin Kelly's (WIRED magazine) Cool Tools site. After reading about it, I came here and found 111,000 other people had already investigated it. After listening, I vote "Aye!"
This was a very enjoyable return to one of my all-time favorite stories. Verne set out to "one-up" the other castaway books: Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson. He dumped his cast on a desert island with absolutely nothing to start with. Another reviewer thought the sequence of events was unlikely. Well, once you get past the balloon floating from Virginia to the Pacific (lol!), these guys needed a little luck thrown their way to survive! And face it - if all the events were likely, would you be entertained??
This is a great story from one of the world's master storytellers. And oh! - the reader does a bang-up job! Thumbs up!
This is a true "classic". Adventure and survival play a large part in the story. The ship/balloon wrecked survivors start by scratching a survival but slowly start adding to their tools and building a life on the lost island.
The story was a little dispointing for me, its well told but the series of happy/unlikely coincidences one on top of another, time after time stretched the possibilities just too far for my taste. I ended up coming out of the story telling experience and saying to myself, "oh not again".
It's a long audio book and in places too long. I suspect that if you were to listen to it in an episodic, one chapter a week way, the story would come across better.